Hampshire Record Office

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

First and third Saturday per month, 9am to 4pm

  • Closed on public holidays
  • Last document request 1 hour before the building closes

Contact details

phone 01962 846154

Contact Archives and Local Studies


Sussex Street Winchester SO23 8TH


We welcome people with disabilities and our staff will do all they can to ensure that you enjoy your visit.

Access guide to using our search room


  • free Wifi
  • power points for laptops
  • magnifying aids
  • ultraviolet lamp for reading faded ink
  • light box for viewing slides and negatives
  • break-out room
  • cloakroom area with lockers
  • garden and terraces
  • toilets and baby changing facilities


Other information

Where to find us

We are located close to Winchester railway station.

There are several council car parks nearby including Gladstone Street, Tower Street and Worthy Lane, see City Council Car Parks. Alternatively, there are four Park and Ride car parks. The buses from all Park and Ride car parks stop outside the railway station.

We have no parking facilities available on site except for those with very limited mobility. A space must be booked in advance, telephone: 01962 846154 To reach our accessible parking, follow signs to Winchester railway station, pass the station on your left and down to a mini roundabout. Take the right turn on the roundabout which leads to a barrier. Press the intercom to speak to staff.

Your visit

Before you visit check our online catalogue to see whether we have what you are looking for. To make the most of your visit, you can order some documents (up to 6) in advance of your visit (telephone 01962 846154).

Please note that some classes of record are subject to a 100 year access restriction.

Visitors need a reader's ticket. These are free and you can get one at the start of your visit by providing proof of your name, address and signature. Or, you can request a one-day ticket which gives access to all the records in our public search room.


We aim to retrieve up to 6 documents per order from 9am to 12noon, and from 1pm to 4pm. During very busy periods we may need to limit new orders while we catch up with demand.

When your documents are ready for collection, your name will appear on our screen. You will need to give in your ticket when you collect them from the Help Desk. This will be given back when you return the documents. One-day temporary ticket holders may also see documents; please ask staff for advice.

Our documents are unique, so please handle all documents with care and touch them as little as possible. Ensure you have clean hands and write notes using pencils only. Use book rests and cushions to support volumes. Staff will be happy to advise you on all aspects of document handling.


We are open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. Saturdays are generally less busy than weekdays. This makes them an excellent choice of visiting day for those who prefer a quieter atmosphere. You can order documents at any time of the day up to 3pm. But do please bear in mind that retrieval times are likely to vary more widely than on a weekday. Researchers requiring a steady stream of documents throughout the day should contact staff with their requirements 24 hours in advance of their visit.


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